Dabo Swinney Reacts to Deshaun Watson's Injury

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks to Deshaun Watson during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Late Thursday afternoon, the Houston Texans confirmed star rookie quarterback and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice earlier that day and would be out for the rest of the season.

When Watson's former coach Dabo Swinney heard the news, he contacted his former player immediately to see how he was doing.

“I talked to Deshaun late this afternoon and we are disappointed," Swinney said. "But, he is a person who has had some setbacks in his life, and always comes back stronger. Since he went through the rehab before, he knows what it takes."

Swinney even referenced a similar injury Watson suffered while at Clemson and how much stronger Watson was when he came back from it.

“This is so similar to the 2014 season, his freshman year at Clemson," Swinney said. "In his first career start against North Carolina he threw a school record six touchdown passes, then he had four more (two rushing and two passing) the next week against NC State. Then he suffered an injury during the Georgia Tech game."

Swinney said, however, he fully expects Watson to get back out on the field next year and continue his stellar play.

“I have no doubt he will come back from this," Swinney said. "He has the resolve. His work ethic and drive are incredible.”

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